First elected in 2008, Megan Leslie is the Member of Parliament for Halifax. Since being named to the Official Opposition’s Shadow Cabinet as the NDP’s Environment Critic in May 2011, Megan has been pushing for strong action on clean energy and green technology, and a plan to include climate change in a national energy strategy. In March 2012, Megan was also named Deputy Leader of the NDP – one of the youngest MPs ever to be selected for the post.
In previous sessions of Parliament, Megan took on several portfolios including Housing and Homelessness, and Health. Throughout her work in her community and on Parliament Hill, Megan has advocated for anti-poverty initiatives and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) rights. Megan was one of only two Canadians asked to contribute to the Winter 2010 edition of the policy journal Americas Quarterly as a member of the “next generation of leadership” for the Americas.